Volunteers needed for beach planting

Hannelore HepburnHarvey-Waroona Reporter

Community members are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and be part of a planting day at Buffalo Beach on Saturday, June 17.

The South West Catchments Council together with the Leschenault Catchment Council and the Department of Parks and Wildlife are calling on volunteers to put a variety of 1500 native coastal species into the ground to combat erosion and conserve habitats for animals.

The project is funded through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and is one of a series of planting days this month.

Leschenault Catchment Council chief executive officer Judy Fisher is passionate about conservation.

“The planting day will be a beautiful day at the beach where everyone can help to make our environment a good place for the future,” she said.

“Revegetation with native species is important to protect the fore dunes from erosion through rising sea levels.

“It is a nature-based solution and it is at the right time.

“Just before the winter rains start, the soil temperature is best for successful planting.”

Ms Fisher, who has extensive experience working across WA from coastal and riverine projects to the Kimberley, said her dream was to make the whole of the Leschenault catchment a global case study for best practice.

Volunteers are asked to wear long pants and sleeves, a hat and enclosed shoes and bring a water bottle to meet at the Buffalo Beach carpark for planting between 9am and 11am with morning tea included.

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